I just LOVE this process! It starts with sifting through boxes of fabric and trim to find the palette of colors I want to play with that day, mostly collected from friends and thrift stores.
I then create a double layer base of vinyl (back to back) that ends up having a similar weight to leather. And then the real fun begins...I'm playing with fabric and laying out colors next to each other in abstract forms. Once I know where I want a piece to go I add a little bit of spray adhesive to it (on the other side of the studio and ALWAYS wearing a protective face mask) and attach it to the base.
Once I have the base completed with fabric and trim I move to the sewing machine where I stitch over all of it with an invisible thread running up and down and side to side until every piece has been stitched several times in several directions.
Then its time to measure my buckles and cut the belts to the right width and length. I then trim the end, zigzag around the entire belt, and attach the buckle. I also create a belt loop of the same base which is attached by hand.
The final step is measuring and attaching the eyelets and it is done! No two are ever alike.
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